Ban­ish the post-Christ­mas blues

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BAN­ISH the postChrist­mas blues with a host of drama and mu­sic at Old­ham Coli­seum.

On Thurs­day, Jan­uary 31, they open the first pro­duc­tion of the spring-sum­mer sea­son – A Dif­fer­ent Way Home star­ing for­mer Coli­seum artis­tic di­rec­tor Ken­neth Alan Tay­lor.

This pro­duc­tion is the Coli­seum’s first re-stag­ing of the 1998 smash hit world pre­mière, which then starred Roy Bar­r­a­clough and was di­rected by Ken­neth.

Told with a Lan­cashire charm that breathes light­ness into dark mem­o­ries, two sib­lings, Les­lie and Mau­reen, tell a pow­er­ful story from two dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives.

The Coli­seum’s 2019 pro­duc­tion of A Dif­fer­ent Way Home sees the re­turn of the orig­i­nal de­signer, Celia Perkins, and will be di­rected by BAFTA Award-win­ning writer Noreen Ker­shaw.

Take a step back in time on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 23, and head through the doors of Harlem’s hottest night­club, The Cot­ton Club.

In the 1920s and 30s, per­for­mances by Duke Elling­ton, Louis Arm­strong, Cab Cal­loway, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Ella Fitzger­ald and Fats Waller had the club swing­ing, and dancers in­clud­ing Bo­jan­gles Robin­son and the Ni­cholas Brothers lit up the stage.

Swing­ing at the Cot­ton Club is an ac­tion-packed show cel­e­brat­ing the mu­sic and dance of New York’s most cel­e­brated night­club with ex­hil­a­rat­ing dance from the Lindy Hop Dance Com­pany and mu­sic from The Harry Strut­ters Rhythm Or­ches­tra.

The fol­low­ing evening, Thurs­day, Jan­uary 24, ac­claimed vo­cal­ist Micki Con­siglio will be de­liv­er­ing an un­canny per­for­mance cel­e­brat­ing one of the great­est per­form­ers of our time, Cher, Turn Back Time: A Trib­ute to Cher fea­tures favourites in­clud­ing I Got You Babe, Turn Back Time and Be­lieve.

Now in its 17th year, The Great­est Hits of Mo­town re­turns on Fri­day, Jan­uary 25. This stun­ning live show com­bines first class mu­sic and the slick­est chore­og­ra­phy to have you Danc­ing On The Ceil­ing, with songs from the likes of Li­onel Ritchie, The Temp­ta­tions, Ste­vie Won­der, Marvin Gaye and many more.

Pe­ter Wake­field and his tal­ented friends re­turn to the Coli­seum stage for a mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion to raise funds for Dr Ker­shaw’s Hos­pice’s 30th an­niver­sary cam­paign on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26.

Along­side cel­e­brat­ing their an­niver­sary, in 2019 the hos­pice will be em­bark­ing on an ex­cit­ing build­ing pro­ject to pro­vide a new 12-bed clin­i­cal wing.

Among Pe­ter’s Friends, this year the line-up will also in­clude spe­cial guests Ker­shaw’s Croon­ers – the hos­pice’s own choir made up of vol­un­teers, sup­port­ers and staff.

For tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. coli­seum.org.uk or phone the box of­fice on 0161 624 2829.

●●Cher trib­ute Micki Con­siglio, A Dif­fer­ent Way Home and Swing­ing at the Cot­ton Club

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